My grandma has always lived in a small house with a beautiful garden, plenty of flowers and plants — and its daily visitors: bees and hummingbirds. But for economic issues, she had to move to an apartment last month.
She’s now in a 7th floor, with just a balcony where she takes care of a couple of flowers. The other day, I visited her and noticedshe felt quite homesick — she was recallingold times spent outside in the garden of her beloved home.
So I decided to make some Tissue Paper Craft to cheer her up. I made this mandala for her to hang on the balcony, near the flowerpots. And here, I’ll share my idea with you all.
Tissue Paper Craft
Level of difficulty: Medium
Time: 2 hours
The first thing we need for this Tissue Paper Craft is the design of the mandala. I wanted to make a hummingbird and flower, which symbolizes a lot to my grandma.
So here is the template I designed. You can also create your own model — just remember to connect the main figure to the edges of the mandala.
You can help yourself with a paperclip to fasten the template and carbon paper to the cardboard.
Once you’ve finished copying the design, you’ll get a sketch like this:
We need to keep only the outline of the drawing. Try to be neat and precise with the cuts to avoid cutting off the wrong piece..
You have to make two black figures, one for each side of the mandala. Once you finish, you’ll get something like this:
Then, cover each section using the tissue paper — mark and cut the shapes and glue them to the black outline. It’s important that we try to avoid wrinkles and make sure the paper is taut.
After covering the whole figure, it will look similar to this:
Finally, we have to tie a piece of string to the mandala. I chose a transparent fishing line and decided to add some beads. You can do as you like most!
And that’s all. We now got a colorful handmade mandala!
Now, hang it in a well-illuminated place... and enjoy the magic! This was my result:
Once I finished the mandala, I thought of ways of presenting it. I wanted it wrapped to impress my grandma when she opened the gift.
So here’s an economic and easy idea to present the mandala.
First, I decided to cut a circle in cardboard, the same size as the mandala. This serves as a base for the gift - since the mandala is quite fragile - but also to cover the design until the moment of unpacking.
Then, you just have to wrap the gift in cellophane, pulling the sides up, and tie it all together with a beautiful bow. It’s a simple but attractive packaging.
You can also make many of this mandala on special occasions :
In turn, this vitraux technique can be applied to other handcrafts: paper cards, souvenirs, kites, to mention some ideas.